The Power of A Peacemaker

by Pastor Roy Esposito


I want to talk about apprehending a particular type of Peace today but not in the sense of an absence of war.

Not as having an extreme indifference to the world as some of the early church monastics did – and not as –

Not the peace the swamis might profess as they seek a transcendental state of being  but;

The peace that comes as a result of a revelation of God’s love for us – a peace that is the “fruit of the confidence” His love affords us.

It’s the peace that comes through the knowledge (by revelation) that “Greater is He who is IN me than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

We need this knowledge for success in the “wrestling match” we find ourselves in.

We know that we’re not fighting people but against “principalities, powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age  – spiritual hosts of wickedness in the HEAVENLY PLACES.” (Ephesians 6:12)

** Important to note: The wrestling is done in the “heavenly/spiritual realm.”**

So, it’s good to know that God has equipped us to win because God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the same heavenly places.  (Ephesians 1:3)

Because our enemies are spiritual ones, they take form in this realm as FEAR – fear in its many expressions:  

1.  Failure; 2.  Illness; 3.  Rejection; 4.  Betrayal; 5.  Insignificance;

6.  Irrelevance.

My response over time: 1.  Physical intimidation; 2.  Mental intimidation; 3.  Use of occult power; 4.  After receiving salvation – manipulation of scripture.

None of this worked – so the result was INCREASED FEAR.

The methods I had constructed for protection and put my faith in were bogus and contained no power.

They were doomed to failure because “soul power” can never be effective in “spiritual wars.”

In reflection, I’ve realized that God has allowed many circumstances in my life to expose my bad habits and wrong attitudes, which “blurred my vision” and were products of a prideful, self-contained mind.

It was a painful experience and painful to admit.

But through these trials of faith, God has begun to teach me that true spiritual authority over the demons of fear would arise from the areas in myself where His Peace had replaced my conflict.

His Peace resulted from “Coming to the end” of my ways – releasing them to Him – and calling on His help.

Ephesians 2:14 – “He, Himself, is our Peace.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.”

When He delivered me from my fear, I entered His peace.

And then I realized that true authority comes from His Peace.

Paul said in Philippians 4:12 – that he had learned to be CONTENT in whatever state he was in.

Content – in this context, doesn’t mean he learned to be “happy.”

It means he learned to be “Undisturbed” and at Peace.

Peace (Strongs)“to be at REST” or to “Set at ONE again.”

This is Love’s (God’s) goal for His creation: ONENESS or PEACE.

Our enemy’s goal: – Duality – Conflict – Separation and Division.

If you want to know the next battle you’ll be facing, look to where you’re separated: spouse, family, friends, church, or where you’re “double-minded.”

James 1:8 “A double-minded man is UNSTABLE in ALL of his ways.”

You’ll be at war and unrest where you are not at peace and where “oneness” is non-existent.

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God, – and the PEACE OF GOD, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Paul is saying – ”Stop sweating it!  Cry out to God for help, and He’ll give you His Peace — a peace that is not available through any human process.  And once you have it – it will keep your hearts and minds safe.”

We can have real peace because Jesus bequeathed HIS PEACE as a blessing.

John 14;27 – “Peace, I leave to you.  MY PEACE I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give it to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Amplified – “Stop allowing yourself to be agitated and disturbed (You have a choice to allow or disallow) and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated, cowardly, and unsettled.”

Christ gave us His Peace, but it’s up to us to DISALLOW fear from intimidating us and thus voiding its power.

We will never experience Christ’s victory in its fullness until we stop reacting to our circumstances soulishly.

When you truly have authority over something, you can look at it straight in the eye without fear or intimidation.

Your peace in conflict will be the proof of your victory!

Jesus’ victory over the storm was an expansion of His peace over the elements.

He didn’t fear or fight the storm – he just faced it and subdued it through His “perfect peace.”

He was the “Living Word,” expressing the truth of the written Word through His being.

Isaiah 26:3(AMP) – “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both in character and inclination] is stayed on You, because he COMMITS himself to You, and leans on You and hopes confidently in You.”

2 Timothy 1:12 – He will keep what I commit to Him.

Jesus’ victory came because He refused to judge the situation by what He saw but instead trusted in and testified to God’s promises in the written Word.

Even when The devil confronted him – He didn’t get angry – nor was He in fear.

He knew the devil was a liar, so He simply refused to be intimidated by his words.

So, we know that satan has an arsenal of weapons he can use against us: Fear, depression, anxiety, worry, doubt, hopelessness, self-pity, any of which will steal our peace and leave us troubled.

But only if we ALLOW them, too.

Remember the truth of Ephesians 1:3 – God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly Places –the very place where our battles are fought.

Ephesians 6:14 – The Armor of God

  1. Truth – lean on the Holy Spirit,
  2. Righteousness – The shed blood of Christ,
  3. Peace  – The result of the finished work of the Cross,
  4. Faith – HIS faith to stand in (Galatians 2:20),
  5. Salvation – Thoughts kept on the spiritual truth of the Word,
  6. Speak and declare the Word, thereby testifying to its power,
  7. Prayer of communication, as well as supplication,
  8. Watchfulness – Stay vigilant and focused to keep distractions to a minimum.

While preparing this message for today, I remembered what God said to me when He asked me if I would serve His purpose full-time.

No Marketing to the church.

“No Manipulating the people to get them to join or to stay.”

“Use no sales tricks, and I will be with you on the journey always.

Roy, I want you to help bring My people’s lives into obedience to Christ and into FULL MATURITY of My Spirit.”

He said, “Mature believers will walk in My Peace and subsequently in My Power!

My Peace is a fruit and an attribute of My Spirit: It is Spirit Power! 

Galatians 5:22(TPT) “…Peace that SUBDUES….”

As we “shod our feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace,” we will walk in Peace.

When we walk in Peace – we walk in the Power of a Peacemaker.

We walk in the power of one who is so yielded to God in spirit and purpose he can be called “A Son of God” (Matthew 5:9)

He is fearless, calm, and bold; always humble and never arrogant.

Wherever he walks, he brings and leaves peace – Peace emanates from him like heat does from a fire. – His peace is a weapon against the chaos of the Darkness.

Philippians 1:28(AMP) “And do not – for a moment – be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries – For such constancy and fearlessness will be a clear sign – a proof and a seal – to them                                                                                                            of their impending destruction and a sure token and evidence of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.”

So, when you’re in the battle, don’t engage – step back into the tower of the Almighty – and REST.

Psalm 37:7-9  “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  Do not fret – it only causes harm.”

Verse 11 – But the meek shall inherit the earth and delight in the abundance of Peace.” (Meek – ”Power under control”)

The source of our Peace is GOD Himself

Ephesians 2:14 – “He Himself, is our Peace.”

People of Significance

by Pastor Roy Esposito


Last Week: Pain exists as a physical and emotional human condition – 100% of us will suffer from its effects.

Two Choices:  

  1. Turn to God and allow the wound to drive us deeper into God, where we can receive healing. 
  2. Let the wound fester.

In choosing the first option, our pain can be part of the process for which we can “Gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8) so our wounds won’t fester into bitterness.

While Salvation is instant, and Justification comes by faith, gaining Christ isn’t automatic.

We gain Christ by having a single mind toward Him, releasing everything else in our pursuit of intimacy with Him.

Gaining Christ – This is a process of giving oneself to living the Christian life intentionally and continuously – with patience and endurance, becoming more of a reflection of Him.

As we become more like Him, our deep soul-sickness becomes progressively healed.

Through faith in God, I’ve learned to entrust myself to His love, especially when I’m wounded.

Peter said we are CALLED to this walk, just as Jesus was:
1 Peter 2:21-23: “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should know to follow His steps; who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten; but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”

Holding onto bitterness will kill us, body and soul, and infect others around us.

Instead, We must trust and believe that God will take care of it for us. 

2 Timothy 1:12: “…for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.”

Sometimes, we are healed not because a person makes restitution to us but because we’ve entrusted andreleased our wound to God, the righteous judge.

Entrusting our wounds to God is the only way we can avoid responding to evil with evil and:

The only way to break this unhealthy downward spiral of bitterness, thus leading to sickness and death.

How far we can trust God will be the measure of our spiritual maturity.

I will admit that I haven’t handled conflict well in the past. 

I let it linger in me, becoming an oppression heading towards bitterness.

While reading the scriptures, though, I came across an unlikely remedy.

Luke 6:22-23: “Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake  –  REJOICE in that day and LEAP FOR JOY!”

I think we can only leap for joy when we have faith that God will give us the grace needed for whatever situation we find ourselves in.

Over the years at RCFwe have taught that it’s possible to have intimacy with Jesus because He is not just our Savior; in a theological sense, He’s Immanuel: God WITH us!

He dwells in us!  He’s fully committed to us!  He loves us!

And He’s fully able to transform what was meant to destroy us into a means to perfect us.

The one caveatWe have to BELIEVE it.

If you doubt the Father’s good plan for you and cling to unbelief, your difficulties will reduce you to a bitter, angry person.

Consider: The Father’s “good plan” is about transforming us into the likeness of the Son, to become free and powerful in God, and to do good works in His name.

Because of this, Satan sees us as a threat to Him.  He knows that God has ordained a powerful future for us.


Consider this: The devil doesn’t waste his time with insignificant people.

He attacks only those he fears will liberate others.

If he can cause you to become infected with bitterness, your destiny will be side-tracked until the root of bitterness is plucked out of your soul.

The Root of Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15(TPT) – “Watch over each other to make sure that no one misses the revelation of God’s grace.  And make sure no one lives with a root of bitterness sprouting within them, which will only cause trouble and poison the hearts of many.

Question: How can a root of bitterness exist in us?

As I said earlier, LOVE seeks ONENESS.

BITTERNESS seeks DIVISION, to divide and separate and thereby destroy.

Bitterness is a demonic manipulation of a wound or an injustice; like all weeds, it can spread easily.

The root of bitterness exists in unredeemed areas of a self-seeking soul.  

 John 12:25 (paraphrased by PR) – Jesus said, The only way to save your souls is to lose them to Him.

PR version – “The only way to pass through the most difficult battles is to FACE THEM – carrying the cross with faith, humility, and trust in God.”

There are only two outcomes when we are wounded:

1.  Make the wound the focus and keep reliving it.

2.  Believe that God has ordained the wounding for His purposes or allowed it to happen for the same reason.  Why?

Because in His wisdom, He knows – we need more LOVE – Deeper FAITH – less reliance on self and more on Him.

Ultimately, in every conflict, God seeks to create more Christ-likeness in us.

Only as Christ’s nature, character, love, and authority become functional in my life that I become a Significant Presence in the kingdom of God – AND now…

All my enemies become subdued and dysfunctional in me.

This can be a hard message to grasp fully.

I want to pray as Paul did (Ephessians 1:18)  That God would grant us the grace to “see”:

so the eyes of our hearts can be enlightened, so we can know the hope of HIS calling and possess the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

Then, when the next battle presents itself, we will LEAP FOR JOY and praise God for the victory.

Humility – 19-Mar-2023

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Micah 6:8 (AMP)” He has told you. O man. What is good, and what does the Lord require of you, except to be just and to love [ and diligently practice] kindness and compassion, and to walk humbly with your God [ setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?

Humility will lead us to the  Honesty we need to be able to “commit our works to the Lord ” and have our thoughts established by Him. (Proverbs 16:3)

Last week: Our thoughts frame the reality we operate in.

Proverbs 23:7 –” For as a man thinks in his HEART, so is he.

The Heart – is the “central command hub” through which God communicates with us.

Jeremiah 17:9 – Says that the human heart is deceitful above ALL things and desperately wicked. (Even the devil?)

If our hearts are unhealed, all of our works will be tainted and essentially dishonest.

Unhealed hearts have a distracted focus on God and a distorted view of the reality of His love for us.

A distorted view of God’s love for us will cause us to seek OTHER things to fill the void of the disconnect we feel with God.

Psychological terms: Attachments     Spiritual / Religious terms: IDOLS.

God’s solution:  Ezekiel 36:26 and Jeremiah 31:33 – Promise to give those who seek Him – “New Hearts.”

Hebrews 10b-11 (TPT)“…I will embed my laws within their thoughts and fasten them to their hearts. I will be their loyal God, and they will be my loyal people.

There will be no need to teach their fellow citizens or brothers by saying ‘You should know the Lord’ since everyone will know Me INWARDLY….”

God is FOR us, church!  He’s ALL IN and fully committed to us.

Our part: Is simply not to run away from Him!

Many run away from God through False Pride – an “I can do it on my own.”

Pride, in this sense, is not just boasting.

Pride creates an illusionary life: a False Self behind which we can hide: from others, ourselves, and ultimately from God.

We become afraid of God because, down deep, we know God as “The Truth.”

Our spirit knows this, and our consciousness confirms it to our soul, causing it to be unable to rest and be at peace. We doubt God’s love for us and His commitment to us.

Humility – puts an end to all this.   

Follow this Flow Chart:

Humility >> Honesty >> Truth >> Self-discovery >> Healing >> Liberty >>
Ability to Liberate Others.

Walking in Truth sets us free to create a Safe Space for others to discover themselves in God without fearing guilt or accusation.

This becomes the ultimate expression of the Hospitality we can offer to those walking the spiritual path.

But first, we must come to our Humility – the “Get over yourself” exercise.

Colossians 3:2 (NLT) “Let heaven fill your thoughts.

Philippians 4:8 “Fix your thoughts on things that are true, honorable, and right.”

TPT – Authentic, real, honorable, admirable, beautiful, respectful, pure, holy, merciful, and kind.

God is FOR us – it’s true.  But it’s through our expression of humility that we allow Him to be so!

Humility allows His power to become magnified in our lives by agreeing with Him on the present state and condition of our being.

When we can concede that we are angry, selfish, lustful, or deceitful – God can respond on our behalf and grant us the grace to overcome whatever obstacle we face and get free of its influence.

Isaiah 57:18-19 (Message) “When I looked and saw what they were doing, I decided to heal them, and lead them, and comfort them, creating a new language of Praise for mourning, Peace for the far-off, Peace to the near at hand, says the Lord! Yes, I will heal them.”

The healing spoken of here is not just physical or even emotional; It also heals an infected soul of “sin-sickness.”

Humility – allows us to acknowledge our needs and allows those needs to become the “voice of our prayers.”

Our prayers then are transformed from mere petitions for help to  “communications of truth” – and open to God.

They go from being “head prayers” to “heart prayers” based on TRUTH.

Our Heart Prayers become the “voice of our dependency.

It’s the place where we not only bring our needs to God but we leave them there with Him, transferring them to Him.

Strong-willed, independent people never pray this way, but humble people do because they’ve come to realize that willpower will never be enough to fill the void they feel.

So, why don’t people pray from a humble heart more often? 

Many haven’t yet learned to really trust God and remain suspicious and afraid of Him.

FEAR of losing control over the conditions and circumstances of their life and of the lives of their loved ones.

The Prayer of Fear can do little to alter anything in our lives and will most likely keep us bound to the conditions we’re most afraid of.

The Prayer of Faith, though, is a powerful thing.

It takes just a tiny smidge of it to change stuff dramatically. (Mustard Seed)

Faith (Trust in God) is powerful in that it is the means through which we can appropriate Grace.

The Good News is: – Faith is the by-product of Humility.

                              – Fear is always displaced by it!

We can now read the scriptures with fresh, faith-filled eyesight: 

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray – I will hear from heaven and HEAL them.” 

Now, we no longer pray from FEAR but from PROMISE as our prayers become an expression of our growing trust in God.

These are called “The Prayers of the Restful” or Hesychastic Prayers

Our circumstances don’t necessarily change –the world is still a dangerous and threatening place – but. 

The prayer empowered by faith transforms the world by transforming the heart of the one offering the prayer.

A transformed heart transforms our thinking, and we become the result of our new thought patterns. (“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7)

The key seems to be trusting God more with our lives.

This can seem risky because little in our “normal” life supports it.

To trust God is counterintuitive to the natural mind, which tells us:

  1. “Bad things happen to good and innocent people.”
  2. “Whoever collects the most ‘toys’ before they die wins.”

Sentiments like these communicate several messages:

              If you put yourself in God’s hands, you are:

  1. Superstitious
  2. Ignorant
  3. Irresponsible
  4. Maybe a bit psychotic.

(And these are just the theologians speaking!)

But today, I believe God is calling to those who are seeking more,

 “Rise Up! Ascend into this realm; I want to show you things to come.” –  Revelation 4:1

But we can Rise Up only through letting go of that which tethers us to this realm and restricts the depth of our understanding to what we already know.

If you desire to answer His call –  Stay humble and honestly try to take an inventory of your current state of being.  He has promised those who will, A New Heart that will be close to His.

Borne By the Spirit – 12-Mar-23

by Pastor Roy Esposito

John 3:3 – Jesus told Nicodemus, “…unless one is BORN AGAIN, he will not see the Kingdom of God.” (TPT) – “Before a person can PERCEIVE God’s kingdom realm, they must first experience a REBIRTH.”

Before a person can experience a rebirth, they must desire it and be willing to follow the Spirit’s leading.

John 3:5 – “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”

John 16:13-15 (TPT)

  1. He unveils the reality of every perception within us and enables us to see the Truth clearly beyond the cloak of our fallen nature.  
  2. He speaks prophetically of the things that are to come.
  3. He glorifies Jesus and reveals a brand new potential for our lives.

Needless to say, the Holy Spirit plays a huge part in our transcendence.

Wade Taylor – When one is BORN of the Spirit –  they can be BORNE (Carried) by the Spirit into a higher realm.

Wade’s teachings focused on what he called “Becoming the Habitation of God” or the “Incarnation” (God in Flesh) the Church carrying the Presence of God on the earth.

This requires being present to ourselves  – right here, right now. (To “be where your feet are.”) – BECAUSE you can’t carry HIS PRESENCE without being present yourself. 

Being Present speaks of being able to receive and give – right now – with nothing to understand or think about  – to just DO IT.

This doesn’t take place in the mind but within the innermost parts of our being Spirit to Spirit

The only part our minds play is positioning ourselves to receive guidance from the Spirit.

Positioning – “Doing the inner work.” 

  1. “Who am I?
  2. “What have I been focused on that brought me to where I am now?  (How I think and my perception of the reality I live and operate in.)

Philosopher Rene Descartes – “I think, therefore I am.”

Proverbs 23:7 – Scripture seems to say something similar, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Descartes – “Because I can think, therefore I exist.

Bible – “What I’m thinking about has influence and even forms what and who I am – and how I exist.”

Proverbs 16:3 speaks of how to be BORNE by the Spirit: 

         “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” 

TPT – “Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.”

PR translation – Commit your HEART to the Lord; put your attention on HIM and trust Him. Then He will guide the thoughts that are forming who you are.”

I believe what we give our attention to will direct and form our reality.

We are instructed to  “Set our minds on things above and not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2

Now here’s the problem we all face as we try to follow through on this:

 We  possess two separate natures; Animal and Spiritual (Old/New Man)

Because this is so, our ability to keep our attention on God gets untracked by the distractions and distortions of our animal nature.

I call this a “Distraction of Attention” – a type of spiritual ADHD

    Even the most spiritual person among us suffers from its effects.

Every time our attention shifts to our natural desires, our attention on God takes a blow.

With it, our ability to live in the grace and benefits of God’s love takes a hit also.

This is because Attention and Love are intimately related.

In church, we speak a lot about Love. 1 John 4:8: “God Is Love.” 

 But, if love is to be transformed from mere Conceptualization to Actualization, our attention must be focused on it – free from the effects of distractions, distortions, and conditions generated by our animal nature.

In Truth – Our lives are full of distractions that cause love not to be actualized.

However, we were created with a deep need for God, who is Love.

Because of the distractions and distortions of our lower nature, though, when a circumstance arises where God’s love is needed, we don’t perceive His Presence  – He seems absent and unable or unwilling to help us.

When the “love void” goes unfilled, our tendency is to grab onto something else to satisfy the need.

We have an unfulfilled desire for God but end up with a substitution instead.

Let’s call whatever this substitution is an “attachment.”

It usurps God’s love and receives our attention – ultimately becoming more important than God to us at that moment.

It’s easy to recognize the obvious attachments: EX – A “Fix” for an addict

But how about something less obvious?

How about when you are standing in line at the store, and there’s an older person in front of you fumbling with their change  – or a mom with some unruly kids making a racket –and all you want to do is get home?

Then you become so impatient that getting through the line quickly becomes the most important thing to you – so much so that it usurps any thought of compassion or love you might otherwise have had.

You’ve ATTACHED primary importance to getting past the object of annoyance so that you’ve become what’s in your heart at that moment — an impatient, annoyed, and uncaring person. 

If we take an honest look at things, we’d have to concede that most of the pain in the world is not caused by the devil or is sent by God to test us but from – What we say and do to each other!

Scenes like this happen so often that we begin to see them as NORMAL and accept them as part of life.  But they are truly not benign.

Paul Tillich – “Whatever we are ultimately concerned with IS GOD for us.

This can include anything and everything that takes our attention off God, even things that may be considered GOOD.

It’s not the things in themselves but the importance we give to them that matters.

Anything that replaces God as the focus of our heart can become a “distortion of attention” or, in religious terminology – “IDOLATRY.”

You may be thinking, “Pastor Roy is being overly dramatic – even harsh – sure, I get distracted now and again – everybody does, but I love God and live my life for Him.”

This is where honesty comes into play – because this is a lie we tell ourselves – just look objectively at your actions.

How many of our actions are really purely motivated?

We claim to love God, but, in truth, we are living our distractions.

Don’t get mad.  This is a universal problem of our old nature.

We are mostly more concerned with our attachments than we are with love.

Paul recognized this tendency in himself – 

    Romans 7:18-20 (TPT)   “For I know that nothing good lives within the flesh of my fallen humanity. The longings to do what is right are within me, but willpower is not enough to accomplish it.

   “My lofty desire to do what is good is dashed when I do the things I want to avoid.

   So, if my behavior contradicts my desire to do good, I must conclude that it’s not my true identity doing it, but the unwelcome intruder of sin hindering me from being who I truly am.”

I’m not pointing this out with the hammer of guilt. It does no good to feel guilty.

If anything, guilt makes us more preoccupied with ourselves.

Romans 8:1 – “There is, therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Even though all I said today is true, we are not condemned by it because we are IN CHRIST and covered by His sacrificial death and resurrection. 

When we realize that we need God and ask to become Born Again, we are freed from the destiny and the consequences of our fallen 


We are carried (BORNE) through the regeneration process by the “Life-giving Spirit” of God.

God does call us to do our best – to be excellent in how we live – and to embrace the struggle in faith, staying focused on Him.

Ultimately, we must accept the reality of our incompleteness:

Another way of saying this is having HUMILITY.

Until you embrace humility, your natural mind and nature will sit as a god in the temple of your thought life, keeping you a slave to its unending demands and insufficiencies.

To be Borne by the Spirit will require taking a hard look at the condition of our Honesty and Humility – and asking for the Spirit’s help!

A prophetic action:  Go to the mirror and emphatically say, “Get over yourself!”   Then proceed with your day guided by The Spirit of God.

Stones of Remembrance – 5-March-23

by Pastor Marie

Sunday, March 5, 2023

A memorial stone of remembrance. 

We need to be aware that there are points of focus in our lives that need to be marked with a stone of remembrance.

It is a stone to mark in your journey a specific experience or encounter with the Holy Spirit that powerfully impacted your life.  A reminder of what God has said or done in your life at a particular point in your walk with Jesus. 

ZOE – the very life of God is what cleanses us and sets us apart for Him. 

There is a time when we sit with God, and He brings together parts of our lives and casts light on the fragmentations of our life to bring cleansing and healing into our souls, emotions, remembrances, and thoughts. 

Purify our hearts, O Lord.  Cleanse us and heal us, O God.

The garden: You can try to slowly remove the weeds and dead branches in your life without success or let Him do it.

Time in His Presence can efficiently work in you, His new creation—more of Him and less of you.  We want to move in wholeness and the fullness of Christ.

Let Him blow away the dead branches in the garden.

As we walk the highway of holiness with the Holy Spirit, there are moments when He reveals Jesus in a way that changes us.  We then carry a weight of glory that the Lord has implanted in us, whether it was at a time of great sorrow and disappointment or ecstatic joy over a triumphant victory which helps us build an inner home of Truth.  We need to stay focused on Him at the time.

The imprint of His Presence deep within our inner man [our being with Someone] will last for eternity and give us tools to navigate situations in the future.  We must continue cultivating a deep inner knowing and hearing of His Voice to live well in our outer lives.  Inwardly attentive to His divine whisper.

Times of soaking and contemplation are disciplines of our faith that are the most significant and direct journey to greater intimacy with the Lord.  Consider if that is what you really want. 

The prophetic words we receive at these times will propel us forward into the next leg of our journey, EMPOWERED by His revelation. 

Our testimony, our stones of remembrance, are authentic and influential in the kingdom of God. 

The areas of soaking will become prophetic areas.  We can move in what God has shown us when we are soaking in His Presence and have godly wisdom to navigate through any situation we encounter.  He sends His Word and heals us.  The more deeply we watch and wait, calming the inner chaos and noisy distractions, the deeper our insight will become, and our prayer life will take on an entirely new dimension of grace as we walk in greater intimacy with God.

A moment focusing on the Lord carries weight in the kingdom that we desire to invade this life that we live here.

The Truths we receive in the secret place are alive in His Presence and can change the course of our life.  His heart beats with a rhythm of everlasting life.

“Now, therefore, O sons and daughters, listen to ME, for blessed are those who keep My ways.  Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.  Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.  For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.  But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:32-36

Verse 34 contains three principles: listening, watching, and waiting.

These verbs are in the continuous passive tense in Hebrew, meaning they are ongoing rather than momentary.




Hebrews 5:14 – “But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses [or powers of discernment] are trained by constant practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.”

Ephesians 4:13(NIV) “…until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

“Spiritual maturity is responsive dependence on God.” –Jack Hayford

God’s kingdom operates according to the principle of a continuous increase (Isaiah 9:6-7), not diminishing power.  His kingdom come, His will be done.  There is always more, deeper, and higher.  Are you interested in that?

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Madame Jeanne Guyon [an early Christian contemplative] writes: “It is Jesus Christ Himself, the real and essential Word, Who is in the center of the soul that is disposed of for receiving Him. Never one moment ceases from His living fruitful and divine operation.” 

“Christ within the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 the Mystery.

Stones, biblically, are monuments to what God has done.  We each have monumental stones in our journey that need to be remembered.

Consider the reality of when the children of Israel crossed the Jordan written about in Joshua 3.  The priests entered, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, and stood.  After the entirety of all the tribes followed, twelve leaders went into the Jordan and got a memorial stone to make a monument to the Crossing Over.  Then the priest returned to the Jordan where they had stood with the Ark, and they made a stone monument in the middle of the Jordan. 

The book of Joshua marks the doorstep of Israel’s entrance into Canaan.  They were at the threshold of experiencing the fulfillment of God’s promises – to become a great nation and receive Canaan as a homeland.  It would happen as they obeyed God. 

Blessings of victory, inheritance, abundant provision, peace, and rest come from faithful meditation on His word and obedience to His commands.  These are key to blessings and abundance.  Joshua 1:8

Consider that Joshua waited outside the tent when Moses prayed throughout the Israelites’ journey through the desert.  He experienced firsthand the glory of the Lord, watched, and stayed there at the door to the tent of meeting.  Then he remained there and had his own experience with the Holy Spirit.  Joshua heard God call him to step into Moses’ shoes.  And he did.  Places, encounters, and experiences are marked with stones of remembrance.

Joshua had an encounter with the triune God recorded in Joshua 5:13-15 when God appeared to him as the Commander of the army of the Lord.  It changed his life there again.  He had a place to mark with a stone of remembrance.

Our foundation Stone is Jesus the Cornerstone.  Our inner life builds from there.  We have a home in our hearts for God to dwell.  The inner life prepares us for the outer life.  So, we have stones of remembrance in our lives, and we want more.

We are presently at a crossroads.  Are we ready to receive the continuous revelation of Jesus and make a mark on the world?

Praise in the Wilderness 26-Feb-2023

by Pastor Roy Esposito

A Fact of Life: Everybody suffers!   Health, emotions, and anxiety (from real or imagined sources, including fear, hatred, violence, or envy.)

It’s part of human reality since the fall of man in the Garden.

Mankind (Adam) chose to leave the state of peace and safety provided by God for a life that would require them to find the answers to: 

“Who am I?   What am I doing here?”  – instead of just BEING!

But by His mercy, God has not left us to our ineptitude.

Colossians 3:3(TPT) – provides the answer for us   – 

“Your crucifixion with Christ has severed the tie to this life (of suffering), and now your true life is hidden away in God in Christ.”

It seems ironic that although every believer is hidden away in Christ and is His body  —  YET we all fear and avoid the intimacy required to FIND ourselves in Christ.

I believe the events of the days we are living in are part of an AWAKENING that will imbue us with self-confidence, identity, and deeper trust in God (Faith). That will instill greater courage to face and accept our uniqueness, so we can give it toothers.

So, how can this happen? How do we find our way back to peace, safety, and ONENESS with God?

Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.”  – (John 14:6)

He is the Way to Life! – Life can only come through Truth. – 

Therefore, Truth is the WAY – the only Way.

Truth – is not a compilation of facts – Truth is a PERSON!

To come to  LIFE through TRUTH, then, has to become a personal matter.

God made it personal when He chose to manifest Himself on earth in the PERSON of Jesus.

Traveling The Path to Life requires  — Truth >> Transparency (humility and vulnerability) >> leading to Purity of Heart >> leading to Holiness.

God wants a holy people and has said so:

Leviticus 19:2 “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  

This is a scary concept for many because of the past legalism in Church teachings.      A “Religious Spirit”

But be assured that having a Religious Spirit will never make you holy!

Although we do participate in our transformation into the “new creation,” – we, on our own, can never make ourselves holy.

When you try to make yourself holy, your focus is actually on your UNHOLINESS – and we always become what we behold.

The key to Holiness –  Is realizing that it’s God’s will that it would be so.

The “Shall be…” in Leviticus 19  is not an order to make something He knows we’re incapable of doing but a promise – a prophetic declaration directed at our “inner being” to become what He’s spoken.

Not a demand but a prophetic decree spoke forth by God!

What’s more – I believe that God wants us not just to become holy and pure but also to be joyful and fulfilled in Him.

We don’t need a theory or theology about holiness  – we need an opportunity to experience what it feels like to be pure and clean before God.

Revelation 4:6 – describes a lake before God’s throne that is crystal clear and pure – it’s very still and has no ripples.  Water speaks of LIFE.

I think many times we miss opportunities the Lord creates for us because we don’t recognize them as such.

Why?-  Often, they are dressed unattractively – Looking like WORK, SACRIFICE, or unpleasant.  – Who wants to embrace that, right?

We generally like the stories of victory, blessings, and the promises of God.

We like receiving the Gifts of the Spirit and the Move of His Glory, right?

We love the idea of large angels doing spiritual warfare for us as if we’re playing a computer game – and we can press the Reset button if things get too unpleasant.

But God may be moving in ways we don’t expect – shrouded in Mystery and ways that require Faith and Trust.

Many times it gets a little too personal, and we close ourselves off often using the “Shield of Faith“ against the: ”Sword of the Spirit.”

These are the times we should humble ourselves and retreat into

“The shelter of the Most High…”  (Psalm 91:1-2TPT)

Hebrews 13:15 – “Therefore, by Him (because of who He is and with His help) let us continually offer the Sacrifice of Praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

Ahh!! — The Sacrifice of Praise!

J. Hayford Kingdom Dynamics – SACRIFICE – to kill or slaughter something for a specific purpose.

Praise – requires that we kill our Pride – our fear  – our sloth and spiritual dysfunction  – or ANYTHING that threatens to interfere with our WORSHIP of the Lord.

Worship is necessary because as we worship, we have fellowship with Him and become ONE with Him

Psalm 22:3(TPT) – “You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs, living among the shouts of praise of your princely people.”

Being “ONE” with God is how our original relationship was.

Praise makes God present, and in His presence, we can only worship; worship restores our authentic relationship with Him.

As a result: Worship Restores US!

How many would like your enemy’s main access point to your soul shut down and removed?

God doesn’t just want to clean us up, so we look Holy  – He wants to take out of us anything that might stand in the way of us BECOMING Holy!

John 14:30 – Jesus said, “The prince of this world comes, and he has nothing in me.” – I’d like to be able to say that.

Jesus also said that there would come a time that believers would be able to do the things He did and more.  – I think this might fall into that category.

As I was praying about what to speak on today, I felt the Lord leading me to remind you to be careful not to misunderstand or mislabel the things you’re experiencing in these times.

These are not times of lack or times of woe but are opportunities to experience sweet and deeper fellowship with Him as you lay down your fears, “what ifs,” and lack of understanding – and to trust Him.

I felt Him say, “Tell them, “What was once lost can be regained and restored through these times.”

Our first parents were “Had” by God.

When He spoke to them, they responded to His Word not just by DOING what He said but by BECOMING” what he said.

The enemy’s goal has remained the same through the ages: to get us to break fellowship with God.

He created a need in our first parents through deception, which focused their eyes and hearts on something other than God. 

“Partake of this, and you will become like God.” – When in reality, they were already one with Him.

Becoming Holy doesn’t mean – no enjoyment – no family or friends – no material pleasures.

It’s not sitting around chanting and being weird – it simply means partaking in all that is good while at the same time looking past all the stuff to the ONE who is the creator and supplier of all the stuff.

A Holy life – Is simply a life of thanksgiving and praise to God.

You’ll never have to seek to get free stuff if you find yourself captured by it already.

Thank and praise God in all things and ask Him to help you realign your priorities.  –  PR

If you will, the wildernesses we all find ourselves in sometimes won’t have to be an extremely hard and overbearing place.

It can be a place where we are changed in the presence of a Holy God.

Releasing the River (12-Feb-23)

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Last week – I said that  God would have us be persistent in prayer.

I encouraged us all to ask God for a larger dose of the spiritual gift of “Long-Suffering.”

Long-suffering is the ability to “hang in there” – not to suffer for a long time.  — Makrothumia – FORTITUDE.

“Cheetah Approach” – quick bursts – no endurance.

Ask for a “Bigger Heart” concerning prayer.

A Bigger heart – Is not just a desire to pray more but to attain a greater capacity to trust God’s faithfulness.

It’s the ability to sustain a level of prayer fervency, even if it should take years for a resolution.

Luke 11:5-13 – A guy gets out of bed to give bread to his friend not because he was nagged – but because of their relationship.

Hebrews 4:16 – “Come boldly to the throne of grace….” We can come because of our relationship as sons and daughters of God.

Luke 11:13 – “Earthly fathers know how to give good gifts to their children – how much more will our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who would ask.”

The Prayer of Persistence is not about being a “scutch” (sig) – but about asking the Father, boldly and shamelessly, for more of the Holy Spirit’s fullness.

James 5:16b – “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much….”

Romans 3:21-26 – if any questions remain regarding your righteousness.

Effective Prayer – Contains the power to bind the “strong man” – the negative force that propels or sustains a circumstance.

Fervent – A passionate intensity – a blazing torrent of glowing hot resolve.

Visualize: An ugly demon supporting a disease – You take a hot fireball of faith-filled prayer power and release it – and it explodes as it unleashes a spiritual netting over him that renders him powerless.

I would bet that not many pray like that — YET!

I believe we are all “working out” in the gym of the Spirit right now – getting our hearts larger and stronger for more endurance.

Romans 12:3 – God has given each of us a “measure of faith.”

Hebrews 11:1 – ”Faith is a substance…” of spiritual composition – but still a substance.

This substance has power and will be effective in whatever we apply.

Eventually, if we “stay with it,” enough power will be released to get the job done.

Remember – 1 Corinthians 3:16 – We are the temple – the NAOS of God.  The “Holy of Holies” – The dwelling place of His Spirit.

John 7:38 – Out of the “Kolia” – the womb of our inner being will flow fountains of “Living Water.”

John 4:1-42 – Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well that He is the “living water” – the “Water” that gives and sustains life.

Christ, Himself, flows out of our inner being to give life to all He touches.

God has put “Living Water” power in us so that our prayers become more than just devices to get the Father to do something for us.

Our prayers are releasing the power of the “Living Water” over a given situation to accomplish His will and purpose.

Psalm 115:16(TPT) – “The heavens belong to our God; they are His alone, but He has given us the earth and put us in charge.”

Revelation 22:1-2 – John sees a Throne and, from beneath it, a River flowing.

Our faith-filled prayers open the floodgates allowing the River to flow.

Faith-filled prayers – speak not of what we muster up in our souls – but the increasing faith and trust we’re developing in the faithfulness of God.

This is the River of God, so it requires the pray-er to be in sync with the heart of God in order to be able to turn the water on and release its power.

In Sync – It is knowing, understanding, and applying the principles and ways of God.

I believe this is the place in God we are at right now – We are LEARNING.

If we remain persistent, the layers of understanding and faith will build upon themselves and allow the “River” to go from a trickle to a roar.

Ezekiel 47:1-12 – Gives a perfect example of what I’m saying:

  1. Ezekiel is shown the Temple with water flowing
  2. An angel measures 1000 cubits – water is ankle deep
  3. Measures again – water is now at the knees
  4. Again – At the waist
  5. Again – Start swimming, dude!

You could surmise that each measurement delineates an increase in faith.

Personal testimony – bladder cancer – originally quarter-sized – Pastor Marie prayed – God said I’d have to walk through it.  It was reduced to dime-sized at the time of the procedure.

Pastor Marie released spiritual power from her inner being that accomplished something physical in me.

Ephilippeans 3:20-21(NKJ) – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think – according to the power that works IN US – To Him be the glory, in the church, by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, amen.”

Exceedingly abundant – (Greek) – Huper Perissos – Super-abundant with even more added!

Romans 5:20 – the same word used for the supply of Grace God released to cover our sins.  As sin increases, GRACE abounds even more!


  1. God will do “superabundantly” in relation to the measure of faith-power that’s currently working in us.
  2. His GLORY is shown in the Church – the called ones who’ve responded to it.
  3. The incarnate God’s work didn’t cease operations when Jesus ascended to heaven  – it’s to “ALL generations.”

OK – so I think we’ve established that there is power available to us.

Matthew 7:7 – Jesus says that the power is accessible simply by Seeking – Asking – Knocking.  “Everyone who asks – receives; Seeks – finds; Knocks – doors open; no question about it.

So, if that is true – why doesn’t it always work?

Many times we ask – and nothing seems to happen; We seek – but still remain lost; We knock – but the door remains firmly shut.  WHY?

One thing for certain – the power source is not the problem.

Ephesians 3:20“…according to the power that works in us….”

Wuest Translation – “…in the measure of power which is OPERATIVE in us….”

So, it is not the LATENT power – it is the OPERATIVE power.

This power is not just the POTENTIAL power, but the power that is USED.

Measure – (Kata) – Connotes not just the AMOUNT of power but also the DISTRIBUTION of that power.

The scripture actually says – “God will do superabundant stuff tied to the measure of faith possessed by us, in the measure we are able and willing to distribute it.”
PR Translation

Why does He do it this way?  Why doesn’t He just answer our prayers when we pray them?

CS Lewis – “We will spend eternity thanking God for the prayers He didn’t answer.”

Proverbs 14:12 – “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

I  think there is wisdom in considering that God answers the intention of our prayers – but does it in another way.  BUT…

I believe there’s something a bit deeper and more profound to consider.

Unlike any other religion, Christianity’s truth is centered on what is called The Incarnation – where God takes on human flesh and deals with us in a visible and tangible way.

As humans, we are present in the world through our five senses.

Jesus could be seen, touched, and heard.

1 Corinthians 12:27We are “the Body of Christ.” – The Incarnate Christ is still ongoing.

The Body of Christ is not a metaphor or an exaggeration – not a representation or a mystical body.

Scripture simply states, “We are Christ’s body.” – In an organic way.

The Word, who became flesh, continues to dwell among us.

We have been taught to pray “In Jesus’ name” or THROUGH Jesus’ name.

This is more than a formality.  When we pray “Through Christ,” we are also praying through the Body of Christ – which we are as believers.

So, in reality, not only is God in heaven being asked to act – we are also charging ourselves to act.

To pray as a Christian demands a concrete involvement in trying to bring about what is being asked.

Example: If my mother is sick and I pray for healing but don’t drive her to the Dr. – I have prayed only as a theist but not as a Christian.

I have not put any “incarnational skin” to my prayer.

Our prayers need flesh to back them up because God won’t be texting people from heaven anytime soon – It’s my voice and my heart that needs to be heard.

If we are serious about being more effective in prayer, we need to ask ourselves some questions:

  1. Am I acting in a manner that faithfully distributes the measure of power given to me?
  2. Is the RIVER flowing from my inner being?  What may be blocking it?

I must be intentional in prayer – casual, sporadic prayers won’t accomplish the miraculous.

James 5:16(Wuest) – “A prayer of a righteous person is able to do much as it OPERATES.

It doesn’t say, “It causes GOD to operate.”  “IT” itself – operates.

How?  The same power that went into the depths of the earth and took back the Keys of Life from the kingdom of darkness – IS IN US!

It is our responsibility to RELEASE IT.


“Father, please lift the veil from our eyes today regarding The RIVER of Life.  Remind us to come boldly to your throne, where we will find the mercy and the grace we need in this time of awakening and be able to let the River flow out to the world.

In Jesus’ name.

Pray Without Ceasing (5-Feb-23)

by Pastor Roy Esposito


I have been thinking a lot about the condition of my faith and the effectiveness of my prayers.  I have asked the Holy Spirit to help me in this area of service. 

I felt the Lord say that prayers of “Valor” were the ones that hold the power to do great exploits in His name and that I should pursue them. 

I considered David’s army and the elite force that was within it called the “Mighty Men of Valor.”

Valor [Desfinition]: having the strength of mind and Spirit to encounter danger with firmness and commitment to purpose.

Valor is the absence of indecision – even in the face of death.

David’s elite force had several things in common that identified them as the Mighty Men of Valor

  1. They had a common purpose – to serve the king.
  2. They could not be shaken from that purpose regardless of the humbleness of the task asked of them or the impossible odds against them.
  3. They did whatever they needed to do no matter how long it took and never wavered while the challenge was still before them.

2 Samuel 23:8-12 – gives some examples of their exploits.

Shammah took on the humble assignment to defend a lentil patch and tenaciously defeated an overwhelming contingent of Philistines in the process.

Adino, who fought and killed 800 Philistines in battle single-handedly.

Eleazar, whose hand became frozen to his sword b/c the battle endured for so long.

These men – and others – possessed a Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) called “long-suffering.” – which doesn’t mean “suffering for a long time.”

Mak-roth-u-mia – Fortitude – the ability to “hang with it.”

I felt there was an instruction here for today’s church and for me.

We also have the purpose to serve the King and the King’s people.

One of the most effective ways to serve God is through prayer.

Luke 18:1 – Jesus said that men “always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

James 5:16 – “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availed much.”

Ferventpassionate intensity

Today, it seems that even when we remember to pray, our prayers seem to lack the passionate intensity and “stick-to-it-ness” – the VALOR that’s necessary for total victory.

We live in an INSTANT society where everything must be quick, or we lose interest.

It’s like everyone is suffering from “Mass Attention Deficit Disorder.”

We seem to specialize in the gift (?) of “cutting corners” to get results.

It seems that our collective societal consciousness lacks the ability to “hang in there,” –  which is the spiritual fruit called “long-suffering.”

I’ve read about the African Cheetah. It can run up to 70 MPH to catch its prey but has a small heart and, therefore, has no endurance.

It must accomplish its purpose quickly, or it goes hungry.

Many times, we have used the “Cheetah Approach to prayer:

  1. Speed through the prayer with little or no fervency and no passion.
  2. Quick to have someone else pray.
  3. Lose focus easily.

We seem to lack the “heart of endurance” for a sustained effort in prayer and falter before accomplishing what is needed.

Sometimes we use the “TNT Approach” – and try to Blow-Up the problem.

We pray harder, faster, and louder when what is really needed is more staying power and fervency.

More staying power or stamina can only come through possessing a “Bigger Heart” for prayer. (Jesus, enlarge my heart to pray as you did!)

George Muller – “The point is to never give up until the answer comes. I have been praying for 63 years and 8 months for one man’s conversion. He is not saved yet, but he will be. How can it be otherwise — I’m praying.”

His friend received Jesus just before his funeral!

Jesus’ prayer ministry is exemplified in the 3 hours He spent in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, which gave Him the strength to face the Cross.

Hebrews 5;7 – “…He offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death…”

1 Thessalonians 5:7 – “Pray without ceasing….” – so “easy does it” won’t do.

I think the reason we haven’t reached our spiritual potential is not for the lack of information regarding prayer nor the lack of opportunities and resources  – 

But for a lack of  “fortitude” – a failure of heart and spirit.

We go into defeat much too easily. We give up to easily and instead listen to the voices of doubt and unbelief and get discouraged and depressed when we don’t get INSTANT RESULTS.

OK – no condemnation implied here!

I spoke to a friend of nearly 50 yrs. this week.

We recounted our testimonies with each other. Remember the miracles God has personally done to deliver us from destruction. We remembered the before!

A fair question – Why does God require our persistence in prayer?

Is it that:

  1. He requires a predetermined amount of prayer to answer.
    Are Redemption points involved?   S & H green stamps?
  2. We must talk Him into things as lawyers present legal arguments to a judge.
  3. Is God waiting for us to just say the right words before He decides to answer us?
  4. Do we earn rewards of His favor through hard work?

Say it with me:    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Luke 11:8 – What about the guy who goes to his friend’s house late at night for bread and just keeps bugging him until he gets up and gives in? Doesn’t this parable teach us about persistence? Just keep bugging Him until He relents.

No! We don’t persist against God.

To persist is to ask boldly and shamelessly because of our intimacy with God.

1 Timothy 1:7(NIV) – ”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”

Hebrews 4:16 – We can come before the throne of grace BOLDLY and without a sense of shame or unworthiness because we are sons and daughters of God and are “accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)

There’s a key to understanding the prayer of persistence:

Luke 11:13 – “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”

The Prayer of Persistence is not about nagging the Father for specific things – but asking for the Holy Spirit’s help in our times of need. And to ASK BOLDLY out of an intimate relationship with God.

Sometimes, it’s true that God uses the waiting period to teach us things.

But if that were the only reason, why not just pray ONCE and then wait?

One reason for the delay in getting prayers answered is “divine timing.”

Galatians 6:9 – “And let us grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

But again – wouldn’t praying just once and then waiting suffice?

Why did  Elijah have to pray 7X for the rain to come down?
(1 Kings 18:41-19:8)

Why did Daniel have to pray for 21 days before the angel broke through with his answer? (Daniel 10:10-19)

Consider this: I believe that our prayers do more than motivate the Father’s heart.  I believe that prayers of faith have “Substance.”

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

I believe that when we pray, the “substance of faith” is released…

With each prayer, more of that substance is released in the form of the power needed for that which we are praying to come to pass.

Power Released by:

  1. Praying in the Holy Spirit
  2. Speaking the Word of God as a declaration and proclamation of the TRUTH
  3. Prophetic Command – Matt 17:20 -” Say to this mountain….”
  4. Laying on of hands  – Mark 16:18 “…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

We also need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us visualize the “Throne of Grace” differently so it’s not seen as outside and apart from us.

God has made His throne in our HEARTS – we are the temple of the Holy Spirit

We are the NAOS of God – The “Holy of Holies” – The “Sacred Place.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 – “Do you not know that you are the Holy of Holies of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

John 7:38 – “He who believes in Me, as the scripture says, ‘ From his innermost being (Koi -lia) shall flow rivers of living water.”

Koilia – the womb – speaks of reproduction and “birthing new life.”

Revelation 22:1-2 “The River of Life” – the Spirit of God – flowing from the Throne of God – through Jesus, to us and out into the world.

This is the purpose of the Church.

The Gospel’s promise of new life doesn’t echo from “out there” but through those willing to live it in valor and persist until His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

The Same Holy Spirit (Sunday, January 15, 2023)

The Same Holy Spirit

by Marie Esposito

Share about the door –

What is the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives? 

When we are converted, the Holy Spirit gives us a new birth, and He comes to live inside us. We become a member of the body of Christ, and He seals us as a possession of Christ. 

He is the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of Supplication, and the Spirit of Glory. As the Holy Spirit moves and functions in all these offices, the primary purpose is to redeem us to become the Bride of Christ. HIS BELOVED.

I Corinthians 12-13 – The same Spirit distributes, activates, and operates wide different varieties of gifts, ministries, miracles, and revelation as He chooses. These gifts are imparted by God, and they confirm His word and expand the kingdom of God. They are the divine power source. The Holy Spirit is the DIVINE POWER SOURCE.

“By One Spirit we all were immersed and mingled into one body…We are all privileged to drink deeply of the same Holy Spirit.” I Corinthians 12:13  means that we can drink of the Living Waters until it fills us up and then flows out from the inside of us and empowers us to live an endless life.

The Holy Spirit is the unifying and empowering Force in the body of Christ.

Romans 8:2 “For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us  from the “law” of sin and death… but if the Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.”

The Holy Spirit frees us and makes us more active, accelerates our energy in Him, and lifts us up. 

The Holy Spirit is The Blessed Comforter.
He has come to:

  1. Bring comfort
  2. Teach
  3. Bring light
  4. To bring purity
  5. To bring power.

Romans 8:14-17 TPT – “The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit…[ He directs our lives ] and are delivered from the spirit of bondage again to fear…For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”… And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. 

The Holy Spirit reveals our adoption into God’s family, sharing about our inheritance. He also helps us to get free from our old natures.         

Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if BY THE SPIRIT you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  

This is a prophetic word spoken by the prophet Isaiah about Jesus and the Holy Spirit and what we have access to as believers.

Isaiah 11: 2,  “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – [the spirit of prophecy] the Spirit of wisdom [equipping ability]  and of understanding, [intelligent insight] the Spirit of counsel [guidance, leadership] and might [warrior, conqueror], the Spirit of the revelation [ insight gained only by experiencing intimacy with God], and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord [absolute loyalty to God].”  All of these attributes and qualities are ours.

The revelation of Jesus Christ by the Spirit of the Lord is something that is unveiled within us, not just to us. It is an inward journey. CHRIST IN US IS OUR HOPE OF GLORY, the hope that moves us into fullness, expectancy, and maturity. Christ continues to express Himself to us, and through us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The revelation of God is the true treasure. The Holy Spirit is the One Who gives us this revelation.

I Corinthians 12:31 – speaks of a path corresponding to transcendence or a more excellent way, which is Love. It’s the path led by this Same Spirit.

It is the Spirit of God that fills us with His Love and all the aspects of His Grace… the more excellent Way, and directs our steps and our way as we journey on the path of Life into Love.

I Corinthian 13:7-8 Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.

So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.

Love in Aramaic – set on fire. 

Love in Greek – intense affection which must be demonstrated. The loyal, endless, unconditional commitment of love. 

Love transforms the spirit in us through The Holy Spirit. 

So, what is the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and Who is HE?

He is the Spirit of Life, Truth, Adoption, Holiness, Grace, Supplication, and  Glory. As the Holy Spirit moves and functions in all these offices in our lives, the primary purpose is to redeem us to become the Bride of Christ. HIS BELOVED.

It’s how we live and move and have our being in Him – through the Holy Spirit.